Resources for Safer Transportation

being there // Eric Spacek, JD, ARM on Tuesday April 4, 2017

GuideOne sends thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by last week’s fatal auto accident that involved members of First Baptist Church of New Braunfels, Texas.

While the cause of the accident remains under investigation, tragic events like this serve as a good reminder to be mindful behind the wheel – and to also revisit your organization’s transportation safety plan. Whether you’re reviewing and updating your transportation plan, or starting one from scratch, here are resources to help protect your members and volunteers on the road.

Transportation Safety Checklist: A questionnaire to help you determine whether or not you have proper procedures in place to keep members and volunteers safe.

Transportation Worker Application Sample: This sample document can help your organization screen potential drivers.  It is recommended that your organization obtain a motor vehicle report, or driving record, on those persons who will be driving on behalf of the organization.

Distracted Driving: From texting to grooming, focusing on activities other than driving is becoming a scary trend. This infographic offers stats on distracted driving as well as tips for staying focused and alert behind the wheel.

Trip Safety Rules Agreement: Prior to each trip, request that all participants read, understand and agree to these safety-focused road rules.

Vehicle Self-Inspection Checklist: Make sure your vehicle is road-ready before you get behind the wheel. This checklist can help you identify and fix potential red flags before they become problems.

15-Passenger Van Safety: Fifteen-passenger vans can help you get a lot of people from Point A to Point B, but they also have a high rollover rate and are not designed to meet the safety standards applicable to school buses. This article will explain what steps you can take to reduce the risk of rollovers short of replacing your van with a mini-bus. You’ll also learn about the Roadmaster Active Suspension kit, which can improve the safety of 10-, 12- and 15-passenger vans.

Vehicle Safety and Survival Kit: A list of recommended items to include in a safety and survival kit, should you experience an accident, emergency or other problem on the road.

This material is for information only and is not intended to provide legal or professional advice. You are encouraged to consult with your own attorney or other expert consultants for a professional opinion specific to your situation. This information is only a general description of the available coverages and is not a contract. In an effort to keep your policy coverage affordable, the actual policy contains certain limitations and exclusion. Please refer to your insurance policy for the pertinent contract language and coverages. Some coverages and discounts are not available in all states. GuideOne welcomes all applications, without regard to religion, race, color, national origin, sex, handicap or familial status.

Eric Spacek, JD, ARM

Eric Spacek, JD, ARM

Eric Space, JD, ARM is the Director of Risk Management and Loss Control at GuideOne Insurance in West Des Moines, Iowa.  Before joining GuideOne, he served as Minister of Operations for a large Methodist church in Raleigh, N.C., and was a liability litigation trial attorney in Washington, D.C.

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